MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft® Windows® XP (Pro-Certification) Hardcover – 29 Oct 2005
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Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.
Tony Northrup, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP, is a consultant and author. Tony started programming before Windows 1.0 was released, and has also focused on Windows administration and development. He has written about 25 books covering Windows and Web development, networking, and security. Among other titles, Tony is author of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft? .NET Framework?Application Development Foundation, Second Edition.
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Just in case you didn't know, the MCDST comprises two exams; 70-271 and 70-272. Pass one, and you're an MCP. Pass both, and you're an MCDST.
Don't assume just because Windows 7 is out, that the MCDST is a dead cert either; many large organisations still have and will continue to use XP for years to come and, unlike the newer M$ certificates, the MCDST will never expire (newer certs expire when support for the relevant OS expires).
The MS Press books are the de-facto texts for the MCDST exams. The book is well laid-out, clear, and has few errors. The end of chapter review questions are quite good, though the readiness questions on the accompanying CD leave a little to be desired; they are poorly worded and littered with grammatical and spelling errors. If you're after review questions only, I would look at an Exam Cram book; if it's a good overview of material you want, then get this book.
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The book comes with two CD's that include all the software you will need to prepare for the test. This includes the operating system, and the Office suite of products in trial versions that are fully functional but time limited to give you the basic test platform to practice the points developed in the text.
The basic format of the text is to give you the information you need to understand to pass the test and a set of questions and answers to help you identify those areas that may need further study. Finally there is a 'Readiness Review' test on the CD as a final in-depth exam just before you take the actual test.
I haven't taken the test for MCP yet, but this volume certainly has me ready to do so any day now, if you're looking to learn Windows XP Pro and MS Office 2003, drop everything you're reading and buy this book, and also, keep it real handy after you are "done" studying it, because is very useful as a reference book as well. I Hope this review will be helpful.
In few days I studied this 70-272 book (same issues are identical to 70-271) and I esily passed the 272 exam with 863.
Now I am MCDST Certified and I must thank this 2 books for that.
Also the "Exam Cram 2 series" were useful (expecially the 70-271), but the tests contained in Exam Cram 272 CD were mostly wrong scored (a lot of questions take your answer as wrong even if you answered right).
On the contrary both the Microsoft Self paced training books and CDs were (and are) very very useful. Keep them because they contain very practical informations.
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